Requirements and Procedures for helping your Relatives Obtain Permanent Residency
In general, a foreign national who wishes to immigrate to the United States must have an I-130, Petition for Alien Relative approved by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) before applying for an immigrant visa.
This I-130, Petition for Alien Relative is filed either by a relative who is a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident at a USCIS office in the United States. However, U.S. citizens residing abroad may file an I-130, Petition for Alien Relative at the local U.S. Embassy in certain circumstances.
An individual with an approved I-130, Petition for Alien Relative and a priority date that is current for processing is eligible to apply for an immigrant visa.
Click on the Example Below that Pertains to You.
- Example 1: U.S. Citizen Petitions Foreign Spouse Already In the United States and Her Children Who are Abroad
- Example 2: U.S. Citizen Child (21 years old or over) Petitions Mother Already In the United States and Father Who is Abroad
Disclaimer. The preceding is intended only to give you a general idea of the topic. It is NOT intended to be legal advice. Everyone’s goals and situations are unique. Please consult an attorney to determine which method is best for your specific goals.